My garden is my happy place.Gardening is when I can slow down and appreciate the simple things that I sometimes forget in the chaos of life. When I have my hands in the soil there is a calming energy that comes over me ,that allows me to set aside any anxiety,stress or negative thoughts. There is something about tending to my garden that brings such a peaceful joy to me. So naturally I wanted to share this experience with my son. He is now 5 years old and since he could walk he has been helping me create and grow our home garden. There are so many benefits to gardening with your kids.
Gardens allow parents and children to bond and build their relationship. There are no electronic distractions or toys calling your child’s name. Gardens force us to slow down and use our senses. We Touch, Hear, Smell and See things differently in a garden. Our senses are heightened and we are in tune with nature.
So how can we bond with kids while gardening ?
Have them be a part of the process from the beginning. Take them shopping for flowers, soil and supplies. Have them pick out colors and types of flowers they like. This way they are contributing to the project and will feel a sense of ownership to the garden.
I love taking my son to the nursery and experiencing it through his eyes. He gets so excited over the colors, different heights and textures of the plants. His sense of wonder and observations has me appreciating the beauty of nature all over again. It always leads to great conversations and memories we both will cherish.
Gardens are a huge outdoor classroom.They teach so many valuable skills and lessons. If you are a gardener or have attempted to garden than you know it takes hard work,knowledge, consistency and determination. Whether you are growing food or flowers, they demand certain conditions. Sun, water, soil and pruning are just some of the necessary elements needed in order for your garden to grow and flourish. All things that you can teach your kids as they garden with you.
Kids are full of questions and their brains love absorbing any and all information. So like your garden feed it, nurture it and watch their appetite for learning grow.
Gardens Build Confidence
Instilling confidence in our children is one of the best things we can do as parents. Teaching them skills and showing them they are capable of accomplishing goals is a huge confidence boost. Gardens are perfect for doing just that. Seeing their hard work pay off when they see the flowers they grew bloom and the vegetables they planted on their dinner plate, will have them full of pride. And wanting them to continue to tend to their garden. Giving them ownership over something they created will teach responsibility and respect.
Gardens Create Lasting Memories
Gardens truly are a gift you can give to yourself and your family. I have so many amazing memories.From building our garden beds to seeing the look on my sons face when he saw our first tomatoes hanging off the vine. Permanent pictures in my mind (and some in my camera).My son loves to dig in the dirt so this a great excuse for him to get his muddy hand and face fix. Plus a quick spray of the hose and he is full of giggles and clean hands. It usually leads to him than washing down his John Deere tractor. I have stones ,markers and crafts all in my garden that my son made. They all take me back to that moment of when he was “this high” and “this big”. He loves to talk about when he made it and why he chose the decor. The conversations are so precious and priceless.
Our garden has truly grown with our family. When we moved to our house Liam was two and was so curious about grass, water, flowers and of course dirt. Our garden has allowed us to teach him so many skills, life lessons and create memories that we continue to build upon each year.
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